As campgrounds across the state prepare to open after June 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has provided the following guidelines to help you prepare for your next camping trip.
Be prepared to be as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. For example, arrive prepared with your own soap, surface disinfectant supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels/hand towels and toilet paper just to be sure.
Socially distance yourself.
To ensure that social distancing can be maintained, it is best to set up your campsite—sleeping, campfire and eating areas—to maximize distance from adjacent campsites that host people from different households.
Recreate with your household.
Restrict use of your individual campsite/campfire to only those in your immediate household.
Know before you go.
Be prepared for lower levels of service and public contact. Plan ahead for your visit. Ensure that you have maps of the area downloaded or printed before you leave home, in case they are not available on site. Many programs and facilities will be canceled or closed, so check online resources for updated information about rules changes and closures so you know what to expect when you arrive.
Park maps for each of the Anoka County Parks can be found on our website.
Follow the rules.
Follow all campground rules and instructions, whether given in writing or verbally, that protect your safety and the safety of others. These rules and instructions will include facility-specific direction about things such as:
- Wearing face masks in public settings, such as within bathrooms, shelters, and around kiosks
- Leaving furniture, such as picnic tables and chairs, as you find them—they were likely appropriately spaced by the campground operator to encourage social distancing.
- Restricting use of your individual campsite/campfire to only those in your immediate household.
- Following signage – e.g., wait your turn and capacity limits – that will promote social distancing in buildings, at overlooks, and around other confining spaces.
Be well informed.
Continue to consult MDH Guidelines for up-to-date information on keeping yourself and your family healthy at www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
Visit the Minnesota DNR website for up-to-date Outdoor Recreation Guidelines at www.dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/covid-19-outdoor-recreation-guidelines.html
If you have questions about planning your next camping trip or services and amenities offered in the Anoka County Parks, visit our website or call the Parks Office at 763-324-3300.